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Making Waves and Avoiding Beaks
Moving collectively on the water surface could help protect schools of fish from being eaten by predatory birds.
ABOVE: JULIANE LUKAS
Making Waves and Avoiding Beaks
Making Waves and Avoiding Beaks

Moving collectively on the water surface could help protect schools of fish from being eaten by predatory birds.

Moving collectively on the water surface could help protect schools of fish from being eaten by predatory birds.

ABOVE: JULIANE LUKAS

collective behavior

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Image of the Day: Fossilized Motion
Chia-Yi Hou | May 29, 2019
A fossil of a school of fish from the Eocene appears to represent coordinated collective movement.
Bigger Is Not Always Better for Team Science
Ruth Williams | Feb 13, 2019
Small research groups tend to beat large collaborations when it comes to producing innovative projects and breakthrough discoveries.
Image of the Day: Circularity
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 15, 2018
A marine flatworm swarms in a circular fashion off the coast of Guernsey.
How Ants Make Collective Decisions
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 1, 2018
Transport of food sways between two modes.
Infected Ants Chemically Attract Workers to Destroy Them
Jim Daley | Apr 1, 2018
Social insects kill infected individuals for the benefit of the colony—and now a study has shown how they know who’s sick.
Inventing Teamwork
The Scientist Staff | Dec 31, 2015
What can social networks among hunter-gatherers in Tanzania teach us about how cooperation evolved in human populations?
Roach Conformity
Jenny Rood | Feb 4, 2015
Individual cockroaches can be shy or bold, but they alter their behavior to fit in with a group, a study shows.
Keeping Track
Daniel Cossins | Oct 1, 2014
New software that can trace the individual paths of every animal in a massive swarm could help biologists unravel the secrets of collective behavior.
Collective Robot Behavior
Jef Akst | Aug 18, 2014
A swarm of more than 1,000 small, puck-shaped robots can assemble into diverse patterns.
Send in the Bots
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2013
Animal robots have become a unique tool for studying the behavior of their flesh-and-blood counterparts.
Beach Reading
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jul 1, 2013
A vacation from your lab doesn’t have to mean a break from fascinating developments on the life science front.
Crowd Control
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 1, 2013
Molecules, cells, or vertebrates—when individuals move and act as a single unit, surprisingly complex behaviors arise that hint at the origins of multicellularity.
Group Think
Cristina Luiggi | Jun 30, 2013
Flocks of birds and schools of fish become more than the sum of their parts thanks to complex interactive behaviors.